Safety first in annual calendar competition

Monday, 10 December, 2018

Winner of Raod Saftey calendar with councillorsEmily Salihova Archer, a Primary 2 pupil at Thomas Muir Primary School, received an early Christmas present this week when she was announced as the winner of East Dunbartonshire Council’s annual Road Safety Calendar Competition.

With an amazing 3520 entries from 27 different schools across the area, competition was stiff but Emily Salihova's excellent design to encourage people to stay safe when crossing the road caught the imagination of the judges. The slogan “Stop, think, look and listen” was accompanied by a colourful image of a young girl trying to cross a busy road.

Emily Salihova's design will now feature on thousands of calendars that will be distributed across East Dunbartonshire to remind people of the very important road safety message.

To commend her winning entry, Emily Salihova and a number of other pupils whose drawings were chosen as the best in their age range were presented with their prizes at a special event at Thomas Muir Primary School in Bishopbriggs.

Councillor Susan Murray, Vice Convener of Place, Neighbourhood & Corporate Assets met Emily Salihova and the other winners at the prize-giving.

She said, “Our annual calendar competition really gets children thinking about the importance of road safety while allowing them to express their creativity. The discussions which take place in the classrooms while they are working on their designs help to raise awareness of this vital issue in an enjoyable way.

“This year we received 3520 entries and choosing a winner was an extremely difficult task.

“We have some truly talented young people in our schools and I was really impressed by the creativity shown in the designs. However, for me Emily’s design was particularly eye-catching and is a worthy winner. I’d like to congratulate her and all the other winners this year, they are a credit to their schools.

“The new calendar looks fantastic and I hope that everyone that sees it can enjoy it and remember the important message that Emily has captured so beautifully in her design.

“I would like to thank every pupil in each school who took part in this year’s Calendar Competition and also extend thanks to all teachers who encouraged them to produce such colourful and creative entries.”

Mrs Annamarie McIntosh, head teacher at Thomas Muir Primary School, said, "We were happy to host this year's prize giving ceremony and to have so many of our pupils do so well. Emily created a fantastic design and we are delighted that her picture will be hanging in homes across East Dunbartonshire.

“As ever, the children approached the competition with great enthusiasm and have learned valuable lessons in the process."

Emily Salihova received £70 and a trophy that will go on display at her school. Prize winners in each category received cash prizes, a certificate and a pencil set. First place winners received £25, second place £20 and third place £15.

Other themes in the competition and first place winners are detailed below:




Winner’s Name

Winner’s School

Primary 1

Holding Hands

Peighton Patrics

Holy Trinity

Primary 2

Stop, think, look and listen

Emily Salihova Archer (overall winner)

Thomas Muir Primary

Primary 3

Safer places to cross the road

Bethany Wain

Lairdsland Primary

Primary 4

Seatbelts and car seats

Hannah Getty

Clober Primary

Primary 5

Be safe be seen

Juliette Hay

Westerton Primary

Primary 6

Selfish parking in school zones

Esme Purdon

Meadowburn Primary

Primary 7

Cycling safely

Fergus Beattie

Baldernock Primary

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